Light Transmission Aggregometry Does Not Correlate With the Severity of δ-Granule Platelet Storage Pool Deficiency

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Delta-granule platelet storage pool deficiency (δ-PSPD) is a poorly studied bleeding diathesis resulting from either decreased granule content or decreased average number of platelet δ-granules. Light transmission aggregometry (LTA) is commonly used to evaluate for δ-PSPD and platelet electron microscopy (EM) is used to confirm the diagnosis. Currently, little data exist examining the relationship between the likelihood of abnormal platelet aggregation findings, severity of δ-granule deficiency on platelet EM, and severity of bleeding symptoms in patients with δ-PSPD. Patients diagnosed with δ-PSPD by platelet EM who also underwent LTA testing were identified at a single institution for correlation between severity of bleeding, average number of platelet δ-granules, and number of agonist abnormalities on LTA. No statistically significant association was identified between the average number of δ-granules per platelet and likelihood of an abnormal LTA. LTA abnormalities were quite varied and only 50% diagnosed with δ-PSPD on EM had abnormal aggregation testing. Also, no correlation was seen between the number of clinical bleeding symptoms, number of average δ-granules per platelet, and the number of LTA agonist abnormalities. Our findings highlight the difficulties inherent in the laboratory evaluation of platelet function.

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